On a day that started out with a long, early morning bus ride in heavy fog, the Rockford boys cross country team made their own sunshine for Coach Andrew Martin, as they won their second consecutive invitational of the 2009 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 12. Traveling to Bath, near Lansing, the Rams joined 12 other schools in the large school division and came home with the championship trophy as they scored 55 points, outdistancing a very strong Saline team by 15 points. Running without Nick Shear, one of the team’s captains and top runners, the Rams showed their overall team depth, placing all five of their scorers in the top 23 racers. Leading the way for Rockford was senior Grant Gunneson, followed closely by junior Spencer Gerber. Gunneson’s time of 16:34 was good enough for fifth place. Both running 16:41, Gerber nailed down sixth place while senior teammate Drake Veitenheimer edged in closely for eighth. The story of the day may have been the next runner to score for the Rams, as junior Steven Ek ran a 16:57, which placed him 13th and definitely gave the Rams the step-up performance that was needed to win the meet. Rounding out the scoring for Coach Martin’s squad was up-and-coming freshman Drew Woznick, who ran a very solid 17:22. The final two varsity runners for the Rams, and a further testament to the overall team depth, were 400-meter track-and-field convert Ryan Romain and Devon Liu, who ran 17:24 and 17:25 respectively in finishing 26th and 27th overall in the 91-runner field. When asked to explain the winning performance of his team, Coach Martin said, “These boys deserved to bring home the trophy. On Thursday we ran the guys on their toughest hill workout of the season and some thought they might have some weary legs, but they showed that all their efforts in practice translated very well in the race results today.” In the junior varsity race, the Rams triumphed once again, scoring an almost perfect 17 points (15 is perfect) while beating second-place Saline by 21 points. All five scorers for Rockford in the JV portion of the invitational broke the 18-minute barrier. First-place finisher Evan Bruin led the way, running a 17:40 for the 5K distance. […]
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Early victories over Hudsonville, Troy Athens, and Troy put Rockford in the final four. The three games featured a balanced scoring attack by Rockford—every player contributed at least one goal. The Rams then squared off in the semifinals with rival Ann Arbor Pioneer. Four hard-fought quarters weren’t enough to decide a winner. Neither was a standard shootout. Finally, after several rounds of sudden-death shootout, Pioneer netted the win. East Kentwood then defeated Rockford 8-7 in the consolation game, giving the Rams a fourth-place finish in the tournament. “It was a tough weekend for us,” conceded senior Tyler Manikowski. “But we’re looking to bounce back next week.” Coach Dave McWatters isn’t discouraged by the week’s performance. The Rams suffered one-goal losses to three very good teams. “There are more quality teams in the state this year than ever before,” noted McWatters, “and the top teams are evenly matched. The key will be which team improves the most as the year progresses. I’m hopeful that our young team will pull ahead of some competitors.”
Rockford’s junior varsity soccer team had two home games this week. The first game was Wednesday, Sept. 9 against the West Catholic Falcons. The Rams had an easy time with the Falcons. The first goal came at four minutes into the game. Connor Doud shot a penalty-kick bullet past the Falcons’ defense into the back of the net. The Rams didn’t have to wait long for another goal. It came five minutes later. Ben Przybylski shot a line drive into the net with an assist by Michael Becker. The Rams continued their onslaught of shots at goal. Ian Stankus shot a line drive into the back of the net away from the goalie with an assist by Doud at 12 minutes into the half. Then, four minutes later, Stankus drilled a bullet by the goalie with an assist by Victor Pulaski. With four minutes to go in the first half, Jesse Aronoff shot one by the Falcons’ goalie with an assist by Justin Mohr. With two minutes to go, Becker shot a corner kick that confused the Falcons and rolled for a goal by the Falcon defenders and goalie. The half ended with the score at Rams 6, Falcons 0. The second half was the opposite of the first. One minute into the second half, Stankus had a tap in goal. With the score being Rams 7, Falcons 0, if the Rams scored one more goal, the MHSAA “goal differential rule” would be used and the game would end. This rule states that if one team is up by eight goals over the other team, the game ends. The Rams and Falcons played with no further goals made by either team. The game ended at Rams 7, Falcons 0. On Saturday, Sept. 12, the Rams hosted the Portage Central Mustangs. This was a hard-fought game from start to finish. The Mustangs drew first blood with a goal 28 minutes into the first half. The Rams answered with a hard shot by Nick Krampe with the assist going to Ian Dayton. The first half ended with a 1-1 tie. In the second half, the Rams pressed the attack against the Mustangs. Doud scored from a penalty kick at the 27-minute mark. This was a planed penalty-kick […]
Fisher Carole M. Fisher, age 44, passed away September 12, 2009, from accidental injuries. Born in Big Rapids, she graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1982. With her family, she enjoyed yearly tent camping trips to the Upper Peninsula. Prior to an accident in 1991, she loved to dance and roller-skate, and later played Bingo, a variety of card games, and computer games. She had a deep love for her sons who survive her, Edward Roger Fisher Jr. and Jess Bennett. Also surviving are her sister, Debbie and Lee Bliss of Cedar Springs; her nieces and nephews; and her long-time companion, Virgil Turner. She was preceded in death by the father of her sons, Edward Fisher Sr. A memorial gathering was held on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at the American Legion Glen Hill Post #287 in Cedar Springs, with Pastor Keith Hemilla officiating. Inurnment will be in Mecosta-Austin Cemetery. Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider the needs of the family. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
Each year Crossfire Ministries celebrates a Harvest celebration featuring a key international speaker from an affective missions ministry. On Sunday, Sept. 20, Reverend David Ogren will be the special speaker at the 10 a.m. worship service in the conference room adjacent to MVP Health Club, 515 E. Division, Rockford. The public is cordially invited to attend this service. Special music will be provided by Crossfire’s worship team, led by Pastor Judy Hemmila. Chili, cornbread and pie will be served for lunch following the service. Ogren has pastored four congregations over the past 35 years. He pastored two churches on the West Coast in Washington and two congregations in the Midwest. He has been married for 37 years to Colleen and is the father of three children and the grandfather of four. While pastoring Philadelphia Church in Seattle, Wash., from 1996-2007, Pastor Ogren served as the missions director for International Russian Radio and Television (IRR/TV). After he resigned his church in 2007, IRR/TV asked him to be the U.S. and Canadian representative for this mission’s ministry. He now travels throughout North America casting vision for IRR/TV and ministering to pastors and churches. IRR/TV is a nondenominational, modern mission’s organization which focuses on taking the Gospel to the nations of Russia, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. The tools of television, radio and the Internet greatly enhance the fulfillment of the Great Commission of Christ. To achieve the goals of reaching these different people groups, IRR/TV produces evangelistic radio programs, television programs, videos and literature in 20 languages. In 2005, IRR/TV received the National Religious Broadcasting International Ministry Award during the 62nd Annual Convention in Anaheim, Calif. Missions are the heart of God for all people groups in our world today. This service will help you understand how the Gospel of Jesus Christ is communicated in a different culture. Pastor Ogren will inspire and challenge you to make your Christian witness relevant in the world which you live. Don’t miss this opportunity.